For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland men's swimmer Ben Ertman (Potomac, Md./Churchill) earned a spot on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Division III Men's At-Large Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the first time in his career. CoSIDA announced teams representing eight districts on Thursday afternoon.
Ertman is part of a 12-person team representing District 2, which is comprised of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. He was one the only male student-athlete from the Capital Athletic Conference to pick up the award. As a first team selection, the 5-10 senior now advances to the Academic All-America® ballot.
A team captain this season, Ertman graduated summa cum laude this past Saturday after finishing his academic career with a 3.952 cumulative grade point average as a double major in Chinese and psychology.
He made the Dean's List every semester, which awards those students who earn a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on all courses attempted with at least 12 credit hours taken for a letter grade. Ertman was also named a St. Mary's Scholar for 2016 and 2017; an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors who have earned at least 32 credit-hours and whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 or better.
The 2017-18 St. Mary's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ertman is also a member of three national honor societies – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors; Phi Beta Kappa, the honor society in the liberal arts and sciences; and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, serving as its vice president in 2016-17.
He was awarded the Foreign Language Book Prize in Chinese as well as the Psychology Major Award at the 2018 Awards Convocation. The Psychology Major Award was established in 1993 and recognizes a psychology, human development or human studies major who demonstrated a superior understanding of the themes and methods of that discipline.
Ertman is also a four-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team. He will be heading to China to teach English for a year before pursuing his PhD in psychology.
In the pool, Ertman was a consistent contributor for the Seahawks despite having cerebral palsy. He competed in the freestyle and backstroke events, breaking the 20-minute mark in the 1,650 freestyle for the first time in his career at the 2018 CAC Championships. Ertman medaled twice at the 2017 Intercollegiate Para Swimming Championships, picking up silver in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 100 freestyle.
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